NeoCon 2016: Four Exciting Fabric Collaborations

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Textile houses Carnegie, Maharam, Mayer Fabrics and Wolf-Gordon debuted collections rooted in fashion, folk art and finer details.

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Carnegie with Erik Bruce Fabrik
In its partnership with window fashions-maker and costume designer Erik Bruce, Carnegie shone a light on detail. Displayed as an installation in the textile manufacturer’s showroom during NeoCon, the concept drapery panels showcased Bruce’s unique attention to the finer things, with hand-pulled edges, layers of colourful netting and hardware such as metal and zippers woven into the fabrics. The full artisanal collection will debut in the fall.

 

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2 Mayer Fabric and Sunbrella Contract
American folk artist Vollis Simpson was a master of the discarded, turning items such as spare machinery, appliances, scrap metal and road signage into his towering whirligigs and windmills. The whimsical nature of Simpson’s work is interpreted through six patterns (in multiple colourways), including Spokes, an abstraction of bike spokes, and Reflector, a small-scale geometric reminiscent of chain link fencing.

 

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Maharam with Paul Smith
Fashion designer Paul Smith’s eleventh textile created with the Maharam Design Studio also happens to be his first check for them. A replica of a printed silk blouse from his SS15 Black Label women’s collection, the intricate patchwork of highlights and shadows gives Assembled Check vibrancy and dimension. The jacquard-woven upholstery mixes a soft cotton yarn with a tight rib and twill, and comes in various colour combinations, including Color 004 (shown), which is the exact palette of the original print.

 

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Wolf-Gordon with Mae Engelgeer
For Level, Amsterdam designer Mae Engelgeer drew inspiration from both Dutch Modernism and traditional weaving techniques. Varying scales of repetitive geometric forms are rendered in a restrained palette of neutral and muted tones, some detailed with subtle metallic threads. The cohesive interior surfaces collection comprises four upholstery fabrics, one drapery textile and two digitally printed wallcoverings.

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